The US dollar index keeps rounding above the 103.60 historical support level. The buyers have already defended this level for three weeks, highlighting their interest in the greenback. Thus, buying USD looks less risky right now.
USD surged after Fed’s hawkish surprise
- The Fed made a hawkish surprise! The bank would start a discussion about scaling back bond purchases. Besides, it is likely to make two interest-rate increases by the end of 2023 (sooner than expected)! Finally, the central bank raised estimates for inflation for the next three years and upgraded the GDP growth to 7% for this year from the prior 6.5%. As a result, the US dollar surged to levels unseen since early May, while stocks, stock indices, crude oil, and gold sharply dropped.
- Australian labor data came out better than expected. The number of employed Australians rose to 115,000, while only 30,000 were forecasted. The jobless rate was 5.1%, better than the anticipated 5.5%. AUD/USD is likely to rise today due to the positive labor data.
- Turkey’s central bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged. The Turkish lira is traded at the local lows. USD/TRY has just crossed 8.60, and it’s edging higher to 8.70.
EUR/USD dropped enormously! The pair has just broken below the psychological mark of 1.2000 and the 200-day moving average. Now it is getting closer to the lower trend line at 1.1950, which the pair may struggle to break. The RSI indicator is below 30,00 on the 4-hour chart, signaling the pair is oversold. Thus, we might expect the reverse up soon. The move above 1.2000 will drive EUR/USD back to 1.2050.
It’s quite an interesting situation on the gold chart! XAU/USD has broken the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level and pulled back to it. The long upper shadow tells us that the price is going to reverse down. The move below the 50.0% Fibo level of $1800 will push the metal to the next level at $1770.
S&P 500 has reversed down and touched the lower trend line at 4175. It’s a perfect opportunity to buy such a credible stock index at a lower price! The move above Tuesday’s high of 4260 will drive the stock index to the psychological mark of 4300. Support levels are at the 50-day moving average of 4175 and the mid-May lows of 4115.
On the H4 timeframe, the US dollar index has formed a bullish falling wedge. At the beginning of the trading session, the price is testing the upper border of this wedge. Thus, in case of a higher-than-expected Core PCE Price Index m/m, the US dollar will skyrocket against other currencies.
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S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.